internetTools

January 20, 2018

hotsheet.com

HotSheet.com is what Yahoo.com use to be - a resource to the best sites on the internet. It's a great place to go to find sites in just about any category.

Websites are nicely grouped into various categories such as News and Sports, Entertainment, finance, home life and more. It's a good way to expand your Internet Horizon. The nice thing is that the list is small and practical so you won't be inundated with lots of links.

Hot Sheet Monitor
hotsheet.com

Description from their site:

Welcome to HotSheet(R), the premier web portal/ homepage/start page for both desktop and mobile web browsers. With breaking news headlines from multiple sources, major US national and local news sites, and top world news and sports websites. Also includes top air travel and hotel websites, technology news sites, stock market links, and finance tools, and much more in the Hot Sheet web directory. The single page directory of top sites also includes entertainment news and celebrity gossip pages, social media links, movies, TV, music and arcade games.

Use HotSheet.com as your browser homepage, start page, or favorite web portal. While it works great as your desktop browser home page, HotSheet automatically adjusts to an efficient layout for Apple iPhone and Android smartphone devices. The adaptive web app allows for a mobile experience with the same links and features as the already familiar desktop browser version. Hot Sheet is designed to be an uncluttered and easy to use web portal/home page for desktop or notebook PCs, tablets and mobile devices. See our Change Home Page Instructions on how to update your web browser settings to set www.hotsheet.com as your web browser startup homepage. Info on how to add a HotSheet icon to a smartphone home screen is also included.

January 13, 2018

Certificate Magic

Certificate Magic is a quick way to create an Online Certificate. Simply select from several popular design choices and then add your text.

Certificate Magic
CertificateMagic.com

You can use it to create Certificate of Appreciation or Accomplishments for taking your training.

It's also a fun way to lighten the mood - Give a Certificate to someone who just microwaved some popcorn to smell up the entire office. Not working from home today - congratulate them on showing up in the office!

Certificate Magic is a fun way to create Certificates - and it's free!

Check out these Examples

Sample Certificates

January 6, 2018

Internet Speed Test

Google has a cool built in Internet Speed Test. Simple go to Google.com and search for Internet Speed Test.

Google Internet Speed
Google's Internet Speed Test

The complete test is actually run by the Measurement Lab (M-Lab). They are a partnership between New America's Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University's PlanetLab and other partners.

Speed Limit 700 Mbps

The speed test max out at 700 Mbps, so if you have a really fast bandwidth, your test results will not be accurate. Google Fiber has speeds of 700 Mbps. 1 GB Ethernet, OC-48 Carrier, and 10 GB Ethernet are all faster than 700 Mbps.

Wireless Bandwidth 802.11ac and 802.11ad are faster than 700 Mbps but if you don't have the external bandwidth to handle it, you won't see the difference. These are great if you have home cloud storage.

December 30, 2017

IFTTT Weather Information

Have you checked out IFTTT yet? It's a cool service that allows communication between Internet services.

From the IFTTT Website:

IFTTT is a free platform that helps you do more with all your apps and devices

IFTTT_promo

IFTTT Sample Results

I setup the following rule on August 25, 2016:

This was configured check the temp in Framingham, Massachusetts at 3 pm every day and put the data on Google Sheets.

From that Data, I was able to get the following information:

Coldest DaysWarmest Days
December 28, 2017 11 June 12, 2017 95
January 7, 2017 19 May 18, 2017 94
March 4, 2017 19 June 13, 2017 93
March 11, 2017 19 May 17, 2017 91
January 9, 2017 20 July 19, 2017 90

Average Temperature in Framingham was 58.76 degrees.

Weather Chart

I was also able to create this Weather graph to see how the temp changed throughout the year in Framingham.

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Click on image for a larger version.

Setup your IFTTT Chart

On this New Years Eve Weekend, set up your own chart and have it run every day. You don't have to worry about it running. Then next winter you can open up the data and Google and look at the data.

December 23, 2017

Text-Magic

Text-Magic is a cool website resource to generate cool looking graphics from your text. The website has a lot of different ways customize your design which helps make your design unique. Best yet - It's a free tool!

There are 56 different fonts available - including a large selection of winter styles.

Description from their Website

Text Magic is a free cool font generator that transforms ordinary text into fancy text, using a wide variety of cool fonts: handwriting fonts, calligraphy fonts, magic-related fonts, decorative fonts, fancy fonts, holiday fonts and more.

Text Magic is not only a cool font generator, it is also a fancy text generator, logo maker, word art generator... You can use it to create stylish text, cool logos, blog titles, text avatars, cool letters, photo captions, forum signatures and other fancy text things. To see some examples, take a look at this page.

The most interesting feature of our fancy text generator is Magic Effect. Currently it supports two options: Metallic Text and Neon Glow effect.

Text Magic
text-magic.com

Sample Generated Graphics

Wonderful Time Year

Cowboy Up

Winter Festival

More Example Graphic

Check out the examples on their site to see the full capabilities of their tool.

December 16, 2017

EverytimeZone.com

Dealing with multiple time zones can be complicated. When is it morning in London? When is a good time to call Hawaii?

Fortunately there is a good resource to make it easy - EveryTimeZone.com. There slogan is simple: "Never warp your brain with time zone math again."

Everytimezone
everytimezone.com

When you load up the site you are shown a chart of current time around the world. It's a great timezone layout that's pretty easy to understand. You can drag the time to see different times on the chart.

Check out the site and definitely bookmark it if you do frequent international communications.

December 9, 2017

Pattern8

If your looking for good selection of patterns, check out the Pattern8.com site. There are lots of free seamless patterns to select from. These would make great computer backgrounds.

From John Rawsterne, the founder of Pattern8.com:

Pattern8 was created to make it easier to find high quality free seamless patterns. Our sister site, PatternHead.com, offers free vector and pixel patterns but it can be hard to find the pattern you need. Pattern8 keeps things simple and allows searching by color. You'll find lots of free pixel patterns here. When you preview a pattern you'll find a link to the vector version of the pattern from PatternHead.com (if available).

pattern8
pattern8.com

What's nice is that you can select a color that you want and then pick a pattern in that color. So if your background looks best in green, you can find all the green patterns that may work for your design. Since these are seamless, there's no limit to the size you need.

John's Been Busy...

John Rawsterne hasn't been active for a while, no new blog post since July 19, 2013, and the last twitter post was May 23, 2016. Who know's how long these sites will stay around. I understand that it's a side project so you update only when you have time to.

I think it's certainly worth checking out to get some design ideas for seamless background. The Santa Hats patterns are great!

December 2, 2017

Fake Donald Trump Tweet

Hate him or Love him, but Donald Trump is the President of the United States. His use of Twitter, as a method of communications, has typically generated some attention.

Thanks to faketrumptweet.com, now you can pretend that he's tweeting your message. It's a great way to add humor to any situation.

Trump Tweet
http://faketrumptweet.com

Sample Entries

Some sample tweets to get you thinking about how you could use this idea on Slack or Facebook.

  • Happy Birthday [Some Names]! It's going to be a Tremendous Day
  • Ok, Now What?
  • Great Party. Had a Lot of Fun.
  • [ Company Name ] party? It'll be Yuge!
  • What the Covfefe are you talking about?

Trump Tweets Quotes

November 25, 2017

Quozio

Quozio is a fast way to turn words into graphics. It's really easy to transform a simple quote into an image. Very useful when your spending time in a chat room and you want to highlight a quote that fits the moment.

There are 37 designs to make your message stand out. The whole purpose of Quozio is to quickly convert text to graphics as quickly as possible. Once it looks good, simply drag the image to the desktop and then apply it to Slack, Email, Facebook or Twitter.

From their website

Quozio turns meaningful words into beautiful images in seconds. Then share 'em on Facebook, Pinterest, email and more!

Quozio
Quozio.com

The nice thing about Quozio is they offer a Bookmarklet to make it super easy to create quotes. Bookmarklets are an easy way to create interactive bookmarks (See my post from earlier this year for how bookmarklet works. )

Quite simply Quozio is the fastest way to transform a simple quote to an eye-catching graphic.

Sample Content

Doit Right QuoteGoing After You

November 18, 2017

Ultimatest Grocery List

There are lots of great list apps to help people shop smart - particularly when it comes to the weekly grocery shopping. We use AnyList (iOS App), which is a great tool to share any type of list.

The only problem with this list Apps is understanding basic fundamentals; Do you need Trash Bags, Cleaning Supplies. Things that your not thinking about when your planning the weekly grocery shopping.

Usually you don't think about some items until you walk down the aisle and see it in the grocery store. This makes grocery shopping not so effective. If there was only a way to help think of these items.

ultimatest
Ultimatest Grocery List

Ultimatest List to the Rescue

That's why having the Ultimatest List is awesome. You can use the list to get a better understanding of what you may need to get at the store. Simply print it out, and use it as a reference guide as your

From their Website:

This is awesome, in fact, it's The Ultimatest

Below are the best pre-formatted grocery lists ever created. I made them just for you--and they're free. Print 'em out, hang 'em on the refrigerator door and mark 'em up before you go to the grocery store. We have comprehensive versions for both meat-eaters and vegetabletarians.

The shopping list is a great compliment to any electronic list program your using now. If your not using anything, then use the list as it's been constantly updated by thousands of people that use it every day.

November 11, 2017

Printable Calendars on TimeAndDate.com

It's that time of year, time to start thinking about making next year's Calendar. Thankfully the folks at TimeandDate.com make the process really easy. They have a great widget that helps you create all sorts of different calendar types. Simply design your calendar then download the results.

This is useful for event planning and software release scheduling.

Time And Date Website
Create Printable PDF Calendars

You can open up the PDF in Affinity Designer and other programs and add enhance the calendar even more.

There's a lot of other cool Date/Time utilities over at TimeandDate.com:

The "Make Your Own" calendar is the most popular thing that I use the site for.

November 4, 2017

COLOURlovers

Finding good matching colors is tricky, especially if you're looking for colors for the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. COLOURlovers is a great site to find the perfect color for any occasion.

Description from their site:

COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles... All in the spirit of love.

COLOURlovers Website
COLOURlovers

There's color help for just about anything:

Drag and drop the image into Affinity Photo and you can create your own Swatch set from the colors. Just use the Color Picker Tool and build your custom Swatch Set. Check out this video by Affinity on how to do it.

October 28, 2017

Cloud Convert

CloudConvert is a powerful way to convert files from one type to another. It's very convenient and you don't have to install any software on your computer.

This site has been handy when I wanted to:

  • Convert a Movie to GIF
  • Convert an Apple Live picture to GIF
  • Convert a PDF document to ebook

cloudconvert

Website Description

CloudConvert supports the conversion between more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats.

There is no need to install any software on your computer! Upload your files to CloudConvert and we will do the job for you. Don't worry, your files are safe and only you can access them. They will be deleted again as soon as your conversion is finished.

Most conversion types support advanced options, for example setting the codecs of audio/video files. Also, we support batch converting and folder monitoring!

Free and Subscription Plans

The free plan allows you to convert 25 minutes per day. Think of a conversion minute as the amount of time that you spend on the site. Larger files will take longer to convert, so plan your time according.

If you plan on using CloudConvert a lot, there are a couple of Package plans available. You can purchase a block of time, or commit to a certain amount of time every month.

The block of time is useful when your converting a whole bunch of files and don't want to make a long term commitment.

October 21, 2017

Graphic Badges

Mozilla created a website called openbadges.me where people can design and Issue Open Badges. You can use the free online generator to create a badge for your website or blog. Badges also make great picture overlays.

It does take a bit of time to learn all the functionality of the online editor. Once you get it, making badges will be easy to do any time you need one.

openbadge
openbadges.me

Website Description

Open Badges are visual tokens of achievement, affiliation, authorization, or other trust relationship sharable across the web. Open Badges represent a more detailed picture than a CV or resume as they can be presented in ever-changing combinations, creating a constantly evolving picture of a person's lifelong learning.

October 14, 2017

JPEGmini

Image compression is important when your sharing files. You don’t want to email a large file if you don’t need to. The problem with most image applications is that they don’t have a good preview of what the image will look like when you compress it.

That’s where JPEGMini comes in handy, from their website:

Get the smallest image file size without compromising quality. JPEGmini can optimize photos up to 28MP.

jpegmini

This is a very useful tool to help compress images for email or website development. You’ll be able to see the before/after and decide if the compression is worth it.

In most situations, you don’t really need the high-resolution photo unless your sending the image file to a printer.

JPEGMini Pro

If your using JPEGMini a lot, then consider going Pro, here are some features:

  • 128 Megapixels - Support high-resolution photos from the world's leading camera brands.
  • Lightroom Plugin - Fits perfectly in your workflow, enabling you to optimize photos without adding any extra steps.
  • Batch Resize -Drag and drop any amount of photos and have them resized to your specifications.